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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.
Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.
News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Aug 23, 2014 7:05 am
Blevins, April 15, 1921
Aug 22, 2014 7:20 pm
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has suspended the city's police chief for 30 days without pay over comments he made on social media about a local reporter, his office said Friday.
Aug 22, 2014 5:45 pm
The University of Arkansas is creating a walk-only zone in the center of the Fayetteville campus
Aug 22, 2014 5:04 pm
Lane closures are set at different times over the next week on several Arkansas roads, including Interstate 40, U.S. 67 and Shackleford Road, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
Aug 22, 2014 4:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved the dates for the forthcoming waterfowl hunting season.
Aug 22, 2014 4:14 pm
Surface repairs on Interstate 49 in Benton County will require lane closures next week, officials say.
Aug 22, 2014 4:08 pm
Lane closures on southbound Arkansas 549 in Miller County that could last up to three weeks will begin Monday, state highway officials said Friday.
Aug 22, 2014 2:30 pm
A 21-year-old North Little Rock man is accused of trying to start a "physical confrontation" and then opening fire when it didn't develop.
Aug 22, 2014 2:29 pm
MOUNTAIN HOME Doctors say a Mountain Home woman accused in the death of a 24-year-old man is mentally fit to proceed to trial.
Aug 22, 2014 1:11 pm
FORT SMITH An official with a planned Arkansas medical college has shown early concepts of the school to the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority board of trustees.
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